Independence Creek Campground is a small, public campground situated by the Independence Creek in Independence, California. This dog-friendly campground is the ideal destination for a weekend away from the busy, city life or a perfect pit stop for those on a long journey.
The 25-site campground is popular thanks to its convenient location to numerous hiking trails and the stunning scenery that surrounds it. It features views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and has a trout-filled creek that passes through the campground that adds on to the serene, relaxing atmosphere. The campsite is surrounded by mature trees, with some standing tall in between several campsites, providing a decent amount of shade during the summer. The campsites are well-spaced but small; most won’t fit an RV longer than 30 feet and all of them are back-in. Most of the sites can be reserved. However, there is usually a few that operate on a first-come-first-served basis as well.
The campground features picnic tables, grills, and fire rings at each site. Water is available on-site, but it is limited, so it is highly recommended to bring enough of your own supply. Vault toilets are available for the camp’s patrons and are said to be well-stocked most of the time. Unfortunately, there are no shower facilities, so make sure to pack a towel and wet wipes, especially if you go hiking during the day. Visitors can also use the stream to cool off and wash off, especially the four-legged ones! Please clean up after your canine friends and keep them leashed during your stay since bears and mountain lions can be encountered in the area. Do not leave any food out and make sure to use the designated trash receptacles when throwing food away.
If you end up staying at the campground, make sure to visit all the notable locations nearby, which include the Eastern California Museum, the Onion Valley, the John Muir Wilderness, and the Pacific Crest hiking trails.